Author: Lucinda Whitney
Series: Romano Family #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: October 17, 2017
Publisher: Lange House Press
An ex-con reforming his life. A pregnant widow hiding her past. Will the price of her secrets cost her his love?
Catarina Romano has lost everything: her husband, her house, her lifestyle. She flees to her cousin’s empty manor in the heart of Portugal, trying to find peace and to hide from the scandal spun by the media, only to discover she is pregnant.
Afonso Cortez is done with all the lies. Fresh out of prison for trusting the wrong person, he’s ready to leave the past behind and look ahead to new opportunities. The remote Sunset Manor, in need of a groundskeeper, is the perfect solution, promising to provide Afonso with the solitude he craves while he restores the grounds to their former glory.
Catarina avoids Afonso at first, not wanting to further complicate her life. But Afonso is intriguing, and she feels drawn to him. If only she didn’t feel guilty for all the secrets she’s keeping from him.
When suspicious accidents start occurring at the property, Afonso believes his past is catching up with him. Will he be able to protect Catarina or will he lose the woman who might restore his belief in love?
Rating: Mild. Mild kissing.
This book is part of the Destined for Love: Mansions series by multiple authors. The individual books may be read in any order.
The is the 4th Romano Family book I’ve read. (I read 3 & 4 out of order.) This one felt darker than the others felt. There was an actual villain causing the conflict of the book. And the villain was pretty evil.
I liked Afonso a lot. He was so honest and caring about others. He acknowledged his faults and failures and tried to move on to make a better life. Catarina was so awful to him initially that it was amazing that he found anything redeeming about her. It took a long time for me to begin to like her character. She was so defensive and outright rude. And she sounded like a spoiled child even when speaking to her cousin. I liked her by the end but she seemed a different person at that point. Her character grew and changed a lot over the course of the book. Thankfully.
Violence: threatening and potentially perilous situations